Craig Elevitch has been an educator in agroforestry since 1993. Craig’s internationally recognized publications and workshops have guided thousands in becoming more proficient in ecological food production, agroforestry, and reforestation. In addition to working directly with dozens of farmers, he has facilitated numerous agroforestry workshops in the Pacific, with over 8,000 producers and resource professionals participating since 1993.
His agroforestry publications have garnered millions of downloads. These include Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000), Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands (2006), Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011), Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands (2015), and Breadfruit Agroforestry Guide (2018), all of which promote diverse agricultural systems that are environmentally and ecologically regenerative.
He is also co-director of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu—Revitalizing Breadfruit and agroforestry director of the Pacific Regional Breadfruit Initiative, projects founded in 2010 to restore breadfruit agroforests in Pacific Island landscapes. He was honored with the Shining Stars of Oceania award in 2019 and the Global Aloha ‘Aina ‘Ohana award in 2016.
Craig is a driving force in the revitalization of sustainable and regenerative food systems. His achievements include being an internationally recognized authority on agroforestry and prolific author, reviving interest in ‘ulu in Hawai‘i, and he has guided millions to become more skilled in agroforestry food production.
The Breadfruit Agroforestry Guide, authored by Craig and Diane Ragone, is one of the leading guide for all aspects of breadfruit cultivation, production and economic impact for the backyard gardener to large-scale farms. One of the foundational ideas is to grow breadfruit together with other crops.
These projects aim to highlight breadfruit as a beautiful, tasty, nutritious, plentiful, cost-effective, and culturally appropriate food that can improve food security.